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Private sector could become involved in government scientific research

Private sector organisations may soon be able invest in the government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), according to reports. The potential of a joint venture has received criticism. Fera is responsible for scientific research across a wide range of issues, covering agriculture and the food supply chain. It...


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New Energy & Cleantech Awards company seeks to cut transport emissions

The seventh annual New Energy & Cleantech Awards, to be held on April 30, will see clean energy companies looking for growth finance present to an investor audience. For the second consecutive year a cleantech forum will precede the evening awards ceremony. Each company will tell the crowd why...


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British polar scientists to get new £200m research vessel

The British government has announced that it will invest £200m in one of the most advanced polar research vessels ever made to support scientists in both the Antarctic and the Arctic. According to initial designs, the icebreaker will be 130m long and will feature a helipad, onboard laboratories and...


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Siemens and sustainability: interview with Roland Aurich, UK chief executive

Roland Aurich, chief executive of Siemens UK, on sustainability, renewable energy and why the northern city of Hull is central to its future plans. The people of Hull had spent two years playing ‘will-they, won’t-they’ when they were finally given the answer they had longed for. German manufacturing giant...


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McKinsey: ‘cleantech sector is gaining steam’

Despite critics and equity indexes suggesting the cleantech sector has performed badly in recent years, consulting firm McKinsey says the industry is “gaining steam – with less and less regulatory assistance”. An analysis from Sara Hastings-Simon, Dickon Pinner and Martin Stuchtey, all from McKinsey, looks at the myths and...


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Connected lighting: the smart revolution

Connected lighting is the smart revolution gathering pace across the world, writes Mark Sait. Also known as lighting 2.0, connected lighting is the next stage in the rapid evolution of technologies underpinning the way we illuminate our public and private spaces. The revolution is underway – smart luminaires are being...


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The latest IPCC report: it’s time to ramp up mitigation efforts

A recent review of climate science is further proof that we need to back those companies finding real solutions to global warming, says Ashden’s Anne Wheldon. On Sunday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary of its latest review of global scientific research. This time it...


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‘Wonder material’ graphene used to create tiny hydroelectric system

Graphene, the “wonder material” that has caught the interest of scientists globally, could be used to make microscopic hydroelectric systems capable of powering small electronic devices, a new study has found.  Since its discovery in 2004, many experts have said graphene could change the world. It is the strongest...


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Games for Change: ‘social impact gaming’ celebrated at New York festival

The Games for Change Festival, New York City’s largest gaming event, gets underway next week, celebrating the innovation and development of ‘social impact’ gaming. Founded in 2004 and now in its 11th year, Games for Change hopes to “facilitate the creation of social impact games“, as well as promote,...


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Scientists told to ‘strike’ over lack of global action on climate change

Scientists frustrated by a lack of action on climate change, despite the recent stark warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), should go on strike, it has been suggested. In a blog post, Dr Jonathan Rowson said that while it was “a long shot” that may never...


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Renewable heat incentive to boost ‘financially attractive’ alternatives to oil

Homeowners could receive financial incentives for using renewable heat in their homes, after the government has launched a new scheme. The renewable heat incentive (RHI) is the first of its kind in the world but has faced repeated delays. The scheme aims to provide long-term financial support for renewable...


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Adapting London’s energy ‘vital’ to for economic growth and future demand

Significant investment in London’s power supply network will be needed in the coming decades if the capital is to meet future energy demands, according to a new report. Failing to act could hamper economic growth, it added. The report – The Future of London’s Power Supply – from the...


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Private investment in sustainable economy set to reach $10tn by 2020

By the end of the decade, private investment in the green and sustainable economy will almost double, reaching $10 trillion (£6 trillion), according to new research. The scale of investment by 2020 will reduce the costs of green technologies and drive innovation. The Green Transition Scoreboard (GTS) report from...


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Government and BBC failing to communicate climate change, say MPs

Both the government and the BBC must improve their communication of climate science and the risks of climate change to the public, according to a new report by a committee of MPs. Publishing its findings on Wednesday, the science and technology committee said it had discovered little evidence of...


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Climate scientists in dramatic revelation: manmade climate change is a ‘hoax’

Several of the world’s leading climate scientists have made a sensational turnaround in their thinking, claiming that manmade climate change is in fact “a hoax” and that the deniers were right all along. Academics from the UK, US, Europe and South America admitted that they had for years been...



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